Events

Upcoming Events at the Metta Center for Nonviolence and in Our Community

Metta sponsors and supports a wide range of talks, workshops, and other events to engage our community in an ongoing discussion about nonviolence. Please have a look below for our upcoming events including our ongoing film series, and our archive of past events which often contain video or audio of the event and other resources.

Upcoming Special Events



Unconditional Nonviolence: Mini-Retreat

  Nonviolence can sometimes be a source of worry–what if it doesn’t work? as well as contention–It’s fine for some things but it just wouldn’t work in THIS situation.    In this three hour session, we will take a deep look at nonviolence and allow ourselves to explore with curiosity and open-heartedness the nature of the limitations we place on this power taking effect in our lives and society. Where do we need healing? Where do… read more



International Yoga Festival: March 2018

Journey to the Himalayas. Connect with Paradigm-Shifters. Discover a New You. If you find yourself seeking a spiritual adventure (not to mention some awakening), the International Yoga Festival is the place to be, from March 1 – March 7, 2018. Yoga is an ancient science that improves health in the body, increases peace in the mind, expands joy in the heart, and accelerates liberation for the soul. The International Yoga Festival will be held at… read more


Past Metta Center Events


Combatants for Peace – A Reason for Hope

A Reason for Hope: There is Another Way! COMBATANTS FOR PEACE SPEAKING TOUR with Israeli Steering Committee member Galia Galili Palestinian Coordinator Mohamed Owedah plus clips from the film “Disturbing the Peace” November 8, 7-8:30 p.m. B’nai Israel Jewish Center 740 Western Avenue, Petaluma In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization… read more


Metta at Mill Valley Seniors for Peace

Mill Valley Seniors for Peace are residents of the Redwoods Retirement Community in Mill Valley, California. The residents’ average age is 86, and each person is committed to the search for world peace, social justice, and genuine democracy. On September 25, Michael Nagler will be a speaking guest at Mill Valley. The subject of his talk: “Nonviolence Now: What’s Going Well, and How Can We Help?” Details: When: 3:00 – 4:30pm PST Where: Auditorium, The… read more


Restorative Justice for Petaluma

Photo credit: Restorative Resources A Community Conversation about Justice. Join the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Restorative Resources for a Petaluma community conversation about the practice of restorative justice. What is restorative justice? How does it help us as individuals within our community? How does it help our students perform better in school and in life? How can we work together to help our local schools adopt a restorative, instead of a punishment-based, approach to discipline?… read more


WORKSHOP: Foundations of Nonviolence

“Nonviolence is the greatest power at the disposal of humankind.” -M.K. Gandhi THE PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATION OF NONVIOLENCE In this fun, interactive workshop hosted by the Metta Center for Nonviolence team, participants will explore key principles of nonviolence, how it works, and how to apply it in our day to day lives as well as our activism. WHEN: TIME: WHERE: The Metta Center for Nonviolence, 205 Keller St. Suite 202D Cost: $20. RSVP: Stephanie@mettacenter.org  … read more


Social Justice Week: Sonoma State University

Sonoma State’s Social Justice Week: April 3 – April 7 Monday, April 3rd: Social Justice Week Kick Off 11 am-1 pm: Sponsors and Organizations Tabling in the Seawolf Plaza Monday Events: Ballroom B 1:00-2:00pm: North Bay Jobs with Justice: Higher wages movement, $15 an hour minimum wage, and Unionization 2:30-3:30pm: Police Brutality Coalition: Sonoma County Law Enforcement in the Time of Trump and What It Means for You 4:00-5:00pm: Global Critical Media Literacy Panel by… read more


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Ongoing Events


Second Saturdays-Hope Tank

Come alone or gather your friends!  Join the Metta Center for a fresh Hope Tank experiment, Second Saturdays from 8:45-9:45 am PST. We will explore topics related to nonviolence including Restorative Justice, the New Story, Science of Nonviolence, Nonviolence in Families/Parenting, Meditation/Yoga, Strategy, as well as topics that arise due to current events. Participants can expect both presentation format as well as an open but moderated conversation. The Hope Tank group will be connected with… read more


Nonviolence News–Weekly Hope Tank

  “You must not lose your faith in humanity.”  -M.K. Gandhi   The Metta Center for Nonviolence is teaming up with Waging Nonviolence for a Nonviolence News HOPE TANK every Wednesday morning from 8:15-9:15 am PST (11:15-12:15 EST) on the Zoom Platform (meaning phone in or online). We’ll discuss the featured articles Waging Nonviolence, exploring key ideas, grey areas, and core concepts of nonviolence that the articles highlight. Fill in this form to be added to… read more


Monday Meditation & Prayer Gathering

“Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities. Something wonderful, something momentous happens. An irresistible force begins to move, which, though we may not see it, is going to change our world. In this lies the power and the meaning of spiritual companionship.” – Eknath Easwaran Join us at the Metta Center’s Petaluma office to amplify peace and nonviolence around the world through meditation and prayer. Silent practice… read more


Hope Tank: Bay Area and Online

The world has enough think tanks. We need hope tanks! Each month, we gather with local friends to generate ideas for building a nonviolent world. Hope Tanks are nonviolence affinity groups for working out strategies for the Great Turning. Join us for these monthly discussions, which open with a silent meditation and include a potluck (please bring something vegetarian to share). Not in the San Francisco Bay area? See our tips for starting a Hope… read more